Best Holiday Activities and Christmas Events in Houston for Kids

Moody Gardens hosts one of the best holiday events near Houston. Photo courtesy of Moody Gardens
Moody Gardens hosts one of the best holiday events near Houston. Photo courtesy of Moody Gardens

Looking for Christmas events near Houston? We have a list of the best holiday activities in Houston for 2022.

The holidays and all of their cheer are quickly approaching, and there are some amazing seasonal and Christmas events near Houston to do with the whole family. From holiday lights like the Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo or Lightscape at the Houston Botanic Garden to performances like the Nutcracker at the Houston Ballet or Very Merry Pops at the Houston Symphony, there is no shortage of fun and festive holiday activities in Houston to help your family enjoy get into the holiday spirit. To get you started, we've compiled a list of the ultimate must-do holiday and Christmas events in Houston to make the most of the 2022 holiday season.

And, it’s never too early to book your tickets for holiday trains, so find your perfect ride on our list of Polar Express Trains and Christmas Trains near Houston. For more ideas, check out our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events for Houston Families.

Places featured in this article:


Houston Museum of Natural Science

Hermann Square at City Hall

Hurricane Harbor Splash Town

Old Time Christmas Tree Farm

Heritage Place - Downtown Conroe

Stageworks Theater: Garza Mainstage

Magical Winter Lights

South Shore Harbour Marina and Nassau Bay Lagoon

Historic Downtown Katy
Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo - 5:30 PM Pick
Holidays at Moody Gardens
Moody Gardens - various times Pick
Santa's Wonderland
Santa's Wonderland - various times Pick
The Houston Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
Wortham Theater Center - various times Pick
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